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Senior Cat Care

Older cats need special care to keep them comfortable, healthy and happy. Diet and exercise need to be adjusted and regular check-ups at the vet will help your cat live a long healthy life.

What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?


Cats are considered seniors around 10 years of age. At 10-12 years old, you may notice your cat starting to have less energy, not being as playful, taking more naps, or becoming more vocal or nervous. At 13-15 years old, many begin losing their vision or hearing. They may also seem to be easily confused by small things, and sometimes they become a bit cranky. Plenty of cats these days get to live to 16 years of age or older, and these cats will likely not be as alert as they used to be, spend more time alone, spend increasingly more time sleeping or not moving around much, and may not groom themselves very well.

My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?


There are many reasons a senior cat could begin losing weight. If you are concerned about a senior cat’s health, we recommend booking an appointment with a veterinarian. Please contact us at (506)622-2355.

What are some tips for how to care for my senior cat?


It is very important to pay close attention to your cat’s habits and behaviours when they become senior so that you can notice any changes that may be signs of age-related health issues. You should make sure you are feeding a proper diet for your senior cat’s needs. While brushing your older cat’s teeth sounds silly, it can greatly help with future dental problems as they continue to age. Provide a lot of bedding and make sure if they have any mobility issues to keep litter boxes and food dishes easily accessible to them. Watch their weight, appetite and water consumption, as changes can indicate problems. Of course, the best thing you can do to care for your senior cat is to bring them for regular vet exams to catch any medical issues early to allow for easier treatments and hopefully a better prognosis.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?


Senior cats commonly struggle with arthritis or mobility issues, dental disease, kidney and liver disease, hyperthyroidism, heart problems, digestive issues, and sometimes obesity from lack of activity.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?


Aging can sometimes affect a cat’s behaviour. If you have questions about senior feline behaviour, please contact us at (506)622-2355.

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Last updated: January 4, 2022.

Dear Clients,

As a result of New Brunswick's plan to enter Level 2 of COVID-19 restrictions, we will proceed with the following protocol, effective immediately, until restrictions have been lifted.

We will be moving back to a curbside “Closed Waiting Room” policy, which means no clients will be permitted in the building, with exceptions. However, we will continue to offer FULL veterinary services.

If you have been contacted by Public Health or are showing symptoms of the virus, we ask that you call us to reschedule your appointment.

Procedure for surgeries and general appointments:

1. Call us at 622-2355 when you arrive in the parking lot. We will proceed in checking you in remotely.

2. When the Dr is ready to see your pet we will call your cell phone or wave at your vehicle and have you bring your pet to the main door. Please wear a mask when approaching the hospital to pass your pet to us.

3. A veterinarian will perform an examination or requested procedure inside the hospital while you wait in your vehicle, or a drop off appointment can be arranged.

4. Once the care of your animal is complete, the veterinarian will call you with their findings and devise a treatment plan.

5. Payment will be taken over the phone or in the parking lot via a portable debit machine. We are trying to limit cash use to a minimum.

6. Food and medications pick up will be curbside and payment can be accepted via e-transfer or credit card over the phone.

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday and Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
- Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

- Your dedicated team at Waterview Animal Hospital